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Knowledge sharing and theory of planned behavior: a bibliometric analysis

Muhammad Ashraf Fauzi (Faculty of Industrial Management, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Gambang, Malaysia)
Mai Nguyen (Department of Marketing, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and Centre of Science and Technology Research and Development, Thuongmai University, Hanoi, Vietnam)
Ashish Malik (Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle – Central Coast Campus, Ourimbah, Australia)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 25 May 2023

Issue publication date: 4 March 2024




The purpose of this study is to review the role of knowledge-sharing and its association with the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). TPB is the most used theory in understanding knowledge-sharing behavior in many contexts.


Based on the bibliometric approach, this study extracted and analyzed 229 journal articles on the Web of Science. In addition, two analyses (bibliographic coupling and co-word) were performed to provide science mapping in presenting the knowledge structure on the present and future research direction on knowledge-sharing and TPB.


The findings of this study suggest that two stand-out clusters are determinants and antecedents of knowledge-sharing behavior based on TPB and the role of the virtual platform and social media in facilitating knowledge-sharing among users.

Research limitations/implications

This study will benefit researchers and scholars in studying individual behavioral traits underpinning TPB in achieving organizational excellence.


This study extends the findings of the previous review because of their limitations on methods. This study confirms the determinants of knowledge-sharing intention and behavior. However, this study suggests integrating TPB with other theories to provide more insights into knowledge-sharing behavior and use online and technology-based platforms to facilitate knowledge-sharing behavior.



Fauzi, M.A., Nguyen, M. and Malik, A. (2024), "Knowledge sharing and theory of planned behavior: a bibliometric analysis", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 293-311.



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